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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Huntsville Police say 43 pounds of marijuana found in mail

K-9 finds marijuana in mail

"...HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAAY) - Police say a K-9 unit helped them find dozens of pounds of pot traveling through the U.S. postal system in January...."    

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The Postal Service must accommodate diabetic employees

Union, Management Clarify Diabetes Policy

"...Many individuals with diabetes work with few or no accommodations. However, some workers need an adjustment in the workplace to better manage and control their condition. Most of the accommodations requested by employees with diabetes, such as regular work schedules, meal breaks, a place to test their blood sugar levels, or a rest area, do not cost employers anything...."    

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Time capsule found at Hawaii post office site

Time capsule found at Maui post office site

"...Demolition crews working at the site of the old Wailuku Post Office-Federal Building Tuesday morning discovered a time capsule dating back to 1959. ..."    

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Florida Postal Employment

Florida Postal Employment

USPS hiring information -

Florida Postal Jobs
"...Applicants must apply January 23 through January 27, on line at www.usps.com. Paper applications will not be accepted. CCAs will deliver and collect mail on foot or by vehicle under varying road and weather conditions in a prescribed area. Salary is $15 per hour, with limited benefits..."    

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Postal Service travel expense fraud continues

Cash-strapped Postal Service probed for travel expense waste

"...In September, David Kosturko, a former Postal Service executive, was convicted of defrauding the agency of more than $17,000. According to a February 2011 report from the Office of Inspector General, the Postal Service overpaid more than $600,000 in travel costs as result of improper claims ..."    

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Social media: discussing work conditions protected

Even if It Enrages Your Boss, Social Net Speech Is Protected

"...a series of recent rulings and advisories, labor regulators have declared many such blanket restrictions illegal. The National Labor Relations Board says workers have a right to discuss work conditions freely and without fear of retribution, whether the discussion takes place at the office or on Facebook. ..."    

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Postal Service says BOG order to accelerate cost-cutting measures not related to USPS order to accelerate shutdown of mail processing operations

Postal Service: Accelerated mail processing plant downsizing not linked to new board directive

"... the Postal Service announces that its governing board has given orders to accelerate cost-cutting measures. On Thursday, the Postal Service notifies the National Postal Mail Handlers Union that it is speeding up the shutdown of mail processing operations at 18 plants...."    

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Rural Alaska towns paying the price for USPS closures

Postal Service cuts pinch small Alaska towns

"... As a result, a letter mailed by Perkins to a client in Cordova, is now flown approximately two hundred miles from Cordova to Anchorage where it is sorted by automated sorting equipment and then flow back to Cordova, where likely the same postal employee who took Perkins's letter at the front counter several days ago puts it into the client’s post office box...."    

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Postal Service pallet thieves arrested

2 arrested, a third sought in Postal Service plastics theft

"...Sheriff's Department’s Industrial Plastic Theft Task Force arrested the two Wednesday night at the warehouse, where detectives say the men were grinding stolen trademarked plastic products into chips to be sold to plastics manufacturers, according to a Sheriff’s Department report...."    

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

USPS paid more than $30 million to sponsor the cycling team

Lance Armstrong in talks to return Postal Service money

"...While total figures are not available, USPS paid more than $30 million to sponsor the cycling team between 2001 and 2004, according to documents reviewed by ESPN and the Wall Street Journal. ..."    

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

NALC National Contract Arbitration Award Issued

Arbitration board issues award: Sets terms of the 2011-2016 National Agreement; ‘NALC achieves its major goals,’ Rolando says

"...The Das board rejected the Postal Service’s proposals to freeze pay, eliminate cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) and implement a two-tier wage schedule for career city carriers. Instead, the new contract provides three general wage increases between now and the end of the contract: 1 percent in November 2013, 1.5 percent in November 2014, and 1 percent in November 2015. It also provides for the payment of seven COLAs between now and 2016, though the two COLAs calculated in 2013 will be deferred and paid in 2014. These wage and COLA provisions follow the wage pattern established by the negotiated American Postal Workers Union (APWU) contract and the arbitrated National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA) contract. However, the award lowered the entry wage for new career letter carriers..."    

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Pick up chicks at the post office!

D.C. Post Office Gets 106 Baby Chicks After Shipping Mix-Up

"...Post Office, because... because they know how to care for farm animals? OK, so we're pretty sure that enjoying the presence of 106 peeping chicks would be a fun way to pass the time while waiting in line. But the post office ..."    

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Senior level managers detailed to ND instead of workers

Postal Service eyes operations in ND Oil Patch

"...complaining about long lines at post offices, delayed mail and returned mail. They say Williston, Watford City, Ray and Tioga have been among the most affected communities...."    

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Postal Service still processing flats under cost

USPS warns of “risky” approach to flats pricing policy

"...The move is prompted by the Postal Regulatory Commission’s 2010 order that rates should rise towards full cost coverage, so that other mail services do not subsidise the shipping of items like catalogues...."    

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Why study privatizing Postal Service's most profitable areas of business?

Study to examine USPS partial-privatization

"...would allow private companies to deliver parcels up until the "last delivery mile," according to the Washington Post. A Postal Service letter carrier would still be responsible for that last mile, physically delivering letters and packages to their recipients...."
"The study is being underwritten by Connecticut-based firm Pitney Bowes, which already contracts with the Postal Service for portions of its operations and could stand to benefit from the agency's further privatization."    

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Social Security Payroll Tax: Gotcha !

Despite fiscal cliff deal, taxes to rise for most Americans

"...That's because the legislation did nothing to prevent a temporary reduction in the Social Security payroll tax from expiring. In 2012, that 2-percentage-point cut in the payroll tax was worth about $1,000 to a worker making $50,000 a year...."    

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Retired postmaster wins $1 million Powerball

Huntersville woman wins $1 million Powerball; 2nd ticket unclaimed

"...The retired U.S. postmaster found out she won while checking the numbers in The Charlotte Observer. “I said, ‘Oh, I have some numbers for a change,” LaFave recalled Monday as she collected her prize. “My birthday numbers were there. I saw the fourth number. Then..."    

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